The definition of atheism

One of the central elements of the secularist tradition is atheism. Atheism has a long history and is nowadays again heavily debated. This article tries to present a reflection on the nature of atheism. The central thesis is that atheism is often misunderstood. The most fruitful definition of atheis...

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Published in:The journal of religion & society
Main Author: Cliteur, P. B. 1955-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Creighton University 2009
In: The journal of religion & society
Year: 2009, Volume: 11
Further subjects:B Atheism
B George Jacob
B Religion; Definition
B Bertrand
B Holyoake
B Russell
B 1817-1906
B Faith and reason
B Ingersoll
B 1872-1970
B Belief and doubt
B Choice (Psychology)
B Robert Green
B 1833-1899
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Summary:One of the central elements of the secularist tradition is atheism. Atheism has a long history and is nowadays again heavily debated. This article tries to present a reflection on the nature of atheism. The central thesis is that atheism is often misunderstood. The most fruitful definition of atheism is a negative one: an atheist does not believe in the god that theism favors. The concept of atheism should be carefully distinguished from the motives that some people have not to believe in the theistic god. The confusion of these two things is responsible for much needless controversy about atheism.
ISSN:1522-5658
Contains:Enthalten in: The journal of religion & society
Persistent identifiers:HDL: 10504/64446